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L Visa: International Managers or Executives or Professionals with Specialized Knowledge

Visa L-1 Ejecutivos, Gerentes  o Técnicos con conocimientos especializados


The L nonimmigrant visa category is reserved for a foreign company needing to bring foreign employees to the United States. The visa is subdivided into two categories: L-1A (managers or executives) and L-1B (specialized knowledge). Only a few basic requirements must be met to take advantage of this visa category.

Employer Requirements

Employee Requirements

TIMING ISSUES:  The L-1A (managerial or executive transferee) is limited to seven consecutive years, the L-1B to five consecutive years in the United States. However, the employee may also pursue permanent residence at the same time.

FAMILY:  An L-1's spouse and child are admitted as L-2, for the same length of stay and subject to the same limits as the principal L-1. 

Extension of visa L status.

Extensions should be filed during the six-month period prior to expiration of current stay. Extensions are generally granted in two or three-year increments up to a maximum of six years (cumulative of all stay in H or L status for any employer).

An extension application filed prior to expiration of the current authorized stay automatically extends work authorization for up to 240 days while the application is pending. There may be restrictions on international travel, however, while the extension application is pending.  If interested in filing for permanent residency, you must file at least one year prior to the expiration of your six year term. You should contact your employer's HR department or our law firm approximately six months prior to the expiration of your current H-1B status to ensure sufficient time remains to process an extension.